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October 20, 2010 - Clarkston High School graduate Kristen Smith was named to th e Big Ten Runners of the Week, the Big Ten Conference, Oct. 12.

It is the Michigan State sophomore's first career honor after she turned in a fifth-place showed at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships in Rochester, Oct. 9-10. Smith's time of 18:17.4 is a career-best mark and allowed her to earn All-Michigan distinction for the weekend.

Smith competed in the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind. The women's team finish in sixth place among 38 programs. She was the third runner to cross the finish line for State at 21:24.1. She finished 67th overall. She graduated from Clarkston in 2009.

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